legislature

Pesticide Restriction
5:15 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Back Away From Bill To Restrict Some Pesticides

Oregon may join Washington in backing away from a proposal to protect bees by restricting certain pesticides.
Credit Jessica Paterson / Flickr

This week, Oregon may join Washington in backing away from a proposal to protect bees by restricting certain pesticides. An Oregon legislative panel is set to amend a measure Tuesday that would instead create a task force to study the possibility of future restrictions.

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Washington Legislature
5:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Divergent Agendas As Washington Legislature Approaches Halfway Point

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:42 pm

Washington’s 60-day legislative session is approaching the halfway mark, but divergent agendas are likely to result in a lot of proposals dying when they cross the Rotunda to the other chamber.

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Oregon Legislature
5:04 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Head Back To Work After Snow Day

A view of the Capitol mall in Salem on Thursday afternoon.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:07 pm

Oregon lawmakers get back to work Monday after a snow day Friday threw a wrench in the schedule. The short week turned up the pressure on an already brief session.

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Winter Weather
5:16 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Snow Halts Oregon Legislature

A view of the Capitol mall in Salem on Thursday afternoon.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 4:17 pm

Oregon lawmakers will take a rare snow day Friday. The wintry forecast prompted legislative leaders to cancel all hearings and floor sessions for the day.

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Oregon Legislature
4:03 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Open 35-Day Session

File photo. The 2014 Regular Session kicked off in Salem on Monday.
Chris Phan Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 3:49 pm

Oregon lawmakers convened Monday for a whirlwind 35-day session. But the thorniest topics were largely absent from the opening day festivities.

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Social Investment Bonds
4:59 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Washington Considers Private Investment Bonds To Address Social Problems

A view of Rikers Island in New York, United States from the air. LaGuardia Airport can be seen in the background.
Cdogsimmons Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:51 pm

Someday in the not too distant future social service programs in the Northwest could get funding from Wall Street.

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Oregon Public Pension Plan
4:45 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Incoming Oregon Lawmaker Will Be First To Be Banned From PERS

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
Matt Howry Flickr

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 4:38 pm

Last year, Oregon lawmakers approved a bill that will bar their future colleagues from signing up for the state's public pension plan, or PERS.

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Legislative Session
4:21 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Washington Legislature Convenes With Election Year Issues On Agenda

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 4:00 pm

The political divide is already on display in the Washington state capitol as lawmakers convened for their 60-day election year session.

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Meals For Lawmakers
5:16 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Washington Ethics Board Tackles Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:56 pm

Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board is tackling the issue of how often lawmakers can accept meals from lobbyists. The Board spent nearly two hours behind closed doors Thursday discussing a complaint against several lawmakers who dined out regularly with lobbyists last session.

The complaint was triggered by our investigation with the Associated Press into lawmakers who accept free meals from lobbyists. That’s permitted if legislative business is discussed, but only on an infrequent basis.

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Transportation legislature
6:26 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Gov. Inslee - Special Session On Transportation Needed

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee calls for support for transportation spending
Credit John Ryan

Governor Jay Inslee said on Tuesday he wants to call a special session of the state legislature this fall. But he stopped short of actually doing so.

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